Captain America: Civil War just wrapped up principal photography in Germany after the production spent the bulk of its time in Atlanta’s new Pinewood Studios. Marvel Studios has traditionally shot most of their films in the UK, utilizing the much older Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios, but with those locations capacity-restricted and Atlanta offering more space, larger and more advanced stages, along with lucrative tax credits, we’re going to see many more of Marvel’s live-action projects staying State-side, but certainly not all of them.
Even though Ant-Man also shot in Atlanta last year, Avengers: Age of Ultron was primarily shot in the UK, where Marvel returns again this fall with Doctor Strange. Early next year, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will enter in production in Atlanta and while Spider-Man will certainly be shot in the U.S., Disney and Marvel may head somewhere entirely different with Thor: Ragnarok.
Yahoo’s Australian news division reports that Disney is impressed with the variety of shooting locations Australia has provided for them during the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – which also recently wrapped – and is now considering bringing two of their Marvel Studios blockbusters there as well. Their sources claim Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel may both utilize the locations of Village Roadshow Studios.
For Thor 3, this is especially convenient given that its lead star Chris Hemsworth lives with his family just an hour outside of Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast locations, and his Australian background may help on the tax incentive side. We know both Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man both shoot in June 2016 and were told that we can expect some major announcements by the end of this summer, including a possible director selection and additional casting.
As for Captain Marvel, it won’t begin shooting until summer 2017, but if Australia is where it will be shot, we can expect several Aussie stars in its cast. Cue the fan speculation of Yvonne Strahovski playing Carol Danvers!
It’s not just Disney taking interest in Australia for tentpole productions thanks to the changing exchange rates which saw films including Battleship and the last Pirate of the Caribbean move locations out of Australia – Universal and Legendary begin shooting Kong: Skull Island (also starring Thor’s Tom Hiddleston) there shortly, and Angelina Jolie’s Oscar-nominated Unbroken also shot there.
While Spider-Man is a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, after 2017, Marvel will be producing and releasing three of its own pictures per year and there will be inevitable overlap. Adding Australia to their local and UK production locations helps bolster their Marvel Cinematic Universe growth.
Update Sept. 9/2015: Thor: Ragnarok will shoot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Yvonne Strahovski Captain Marvel art by Amy